First signs of spring migration

Green Sandpiper on the ice

Green Sandpiper on the ice

There is that thing about birdwatching. Even after a trip to Israel the hunger for birding just keeps coming back after a while. So I went out for a short trip to Mogan Gölü.

It is still cold in Ankara. It freezes most nights so only the larger water bodies are ice-free. But despite the cold weather spring is at hand and the first migrants have appeared.

I haven’t seen White Wagtails for a few months but today about 10 of them were present. The first Stonechat of the year was also a nice surprise. The large flocks of larks have been gone but today a flock of about 500 larks were present. Most of them were Skylarks, but there were also a few Calandra Larks in the flock.

Ruddy Shelducks

Ruddy Shelducks

A flock of about 400 Ruddy Shelducks always gives a little warmth of a cold day. A flock of 20 Ruff, 7 Green Sandpipers, 12 Common Snipes and a few hundred Lapwings were also around.

Green Sandpipers

Green Sandpipers

Only 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Hen Harriers, 1 Common Buzzard and two Long-legged Buzzards were a little disappointing. But in a few months there will be Lesser Kestrels and good numbers of Red-footed Falcons around – so it’s ok.

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

Silas Olofson


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